‘Menace to elderly’ gets 10-year ASBO

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A SKEGNESS woman described as a menace to the elderly has been given a 10 year anti-social behaviour order banning her from visiting any old people’s housing complex in Lincolnshire.

Nicola Hackney, a former heroin addict, is also banned from entering any house within the county without invitation of the occupier and is also prevented from offering sex for money.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Hackney has a history of targeting elderly and vulnerable people, often posing as a care worker, before stealing from them.

Andrew Scott, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Hackney’s targets included a number of elderly men who were offered sex and then found themselves the victims of theft.

Mr Scott said “These are offences which are capable of being categorised as anti-social behaviour.

“Attempts have been made in the past to address her offending through a series of community-based orders and in particular through drug treatment and testing orders.

“Despite those community-based orders the defendant has continued to offend on a regular and persistent basis over the years up to and including last year.

“She tricks her way into flats within old people’s complexes and whilst she is in there she steals from them.”

Mr Scott said Hackney was previously given a suspended jail sentence in June 2010 but was committing offences just three months later.

“She was made the subject of an order intended to deter her from committing further offences but that has failed.”

Judge Michael Heath imposed the ASBO saying “It is undoubtedly the case that this defendant targets the elderly and views them as easy prey. It is quite plain to me that she is a menace to elderly and vulnerable people.”

Hackney, 33, formerly of Grosvenor Road, Skegness, is currently serving a 30 month jail sentence imposed earlier this year at the Crown Court for offences of burglary and theft from the elderly.

Colin Hart, representing Hackney, opposed the ASBO and told the court that measures have already been put in place to prevent Hackney committing offences in the future.

He said “It is not necessary to impose an anti-social behaviour order on somebody who has already been sentenced for these offences.

“She is classified as a persistent and prolific offender and that is a form of control.”